FURI | Spring 2019

Assistive Walking Device for Gait Disorder Patients

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This objective of this research is to create a device that will assist those with drop foot and other ankle-based gait disorders. The device must provide enough assistive force to lift the user’s ankle off the ground and do it quickly enough to not disrupt their stride. This device will be an improvement over traditional non-active devices such as an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) by providing both greater movement and the potential for rehabilitation.  Future work includes making the latching mechanism sturdier and upgrading to accommodate multiple sizes of shoes.

Student researcher

Marcus Schaller

Engineering (robotics)

Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona

Graduation date: Spring 2019